Don’t the producers have a right to hire the actors they want to? They’re in the business of making movies that make money and should be able to cast actors they think fit the part.
The upcoming star-studded Sony Pictures film Aloha is under fire from an advocacy group that claims the film’s producers “used mostly white” actors in the Hawaiian-set production and failed to adequately depict the diversity of the island’s residents.
In a press release issued to the New York Post, the Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA) blasted the film and its director Cameron Crowe for casting most of the main roles with white actors. Aloha stars Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Bill Murray, Rachel McAdams, Danny McBride, Alec Baldwin, and John Krasinski.
“Caucasians only make up 30 percent of the population [of Hawaii], but from watching this film, you’d think they made up 99 percent,” wrote MANAA’s Guy Aoki. “This comes in a long line of films – The Descendants, 50 First Dates, Blue Crush, Pearl Harbor – that uses Hawaii for its exotic backdrop but goes out of its way to exclude the very people who live there. It’s an insult to the diverse culture and fabric of Hawaii.”
Aoki charged that most of the roles played by Asian-Pacific Islanders in the film “don’t even have names,” and are instead referred to in the script as “upscale Japanese tourist” or “Indian pedestrian.”
“How can you educate your audience to the ‘rich history’ of Hawaii by using mostly white people and excluding the majority of the people who live there and who helped build that history – APIs?” Aoki said.
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